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Hello Tech Pros, What Products & Businesses Are You Building?

Hello Tech Pros is a podcast that explores the opportunities, challenges and anxieties that technical professionals and techpreneurs face when building their career, building their products and building their business. This show is about the people behind technology and the mindsets and skill sets they developed that led to their success. The show's host, Chad Bostick, is a 20 year veteran of the software development industry both as a practitioner and as a manager at companies like iBEAM Broadcasting, Devon Energy, Zynga and Fanduel. Chad is also an advocate for the awareness of Social Anxiety Disorder in the tech industry. His own battle in overcoming social anxieties led him to get the girl, lead the teams and launch a very successful podcast where he has interviewed over 250 guests.
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Nov 8, 2016

Francesco D'Alessio is a 22 year old tech lover, who creates videos for his technology channel covering app, software and product reviews. He also works for two tech startups called FlashSticks and Newton Mail. Francesco loves reviewing productivity apps and features and has spent the last 3 years trying to find the best productivity apps for everyday usage.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/francesco-dalessio-productivity/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What you need to be productive besides a good productivity app.
  • The benefits of Todoist and when you want to use it.
  • How to level up your Slack channel and master the Slack integrations.
  • Where to find productivity app reviews.
Nov 7, 2016

Dinesh Kandanchatha is a founder, mentor, speaker and—above all else—entrepreneur. He encourages founders to ask the right questions, navigate challenging decisions, and find those tough answers that are sometimes difficult to face. Dinesh, who has built, bought, sold, led, and/or invested in over 13 companies, knows what it takes to transform a business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/dinesh-kandanchatha-motivation/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The difference between the tenacious from the hobbyist.
  • Why the binary motivated / unmotivated thinking is the incorrect state of mind.
  • How to measure your value by the obstacles you've overcome.
  • Why the right support group is critical to your continued success.
  • How to achieve your big hairy audacious goal by forcing yourself to be authentic.
Nov 6, 2016

Boom Shikha is a serial entrepreneur, wanderluster, online-business owner, yogi, author, and avid meditator. She's interested in helping you find your life purpose, and get to your Level 10 life.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/boom-shikha-unplugged/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • How to achieve "Level 10" in every aspect of your life without sacrificing the things and people you love.
  • How to get more brilliant ideas that will move your business and life forward.
  • How to calm your "monkey mind" through meditation and become focused.
  • The easiest way to get started with meditation without being intimidated.
Nov 5, 2016

Patrick Vlaskovits is a NYT bestselling author and entrepreneur. His writing has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and The Browser.

Patrick routinely speaks at technology conferences nationally and internationally, including SXSW, GROW Conference, The Turing Festival and The Lean Startup Conference. He serves as a mentor for 500 Startups seed fund and startup accelerator and is founder and CEO of Superpowered.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/patrick-vlaskovits-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • The advances in digital signal processing (DSP) over the last two decades.
  • Why there is no "plan B" in entrepreneurship.
  • How highly structured environments tend to minimize your strengths and maximize your weaknesses.
  • How to overcome "learned blindness" and discover what you were meant to do.
  • Why successful entrepreneurs tend to be a little weird and off kilter.
  • The step you need to take today to get closer to your goal.

 

Resources Mentioned

Nov 4, 2016

Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, writer, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry. She is the creator of the Contributor Covenant, the most popular open source code of conduct in the world (with over 15,000 adoptions including JRuby, Swift, F# and Rails.) Coraline works for GitHub as a senior engineer on a team devoted to creating community management and anti-harassment tools.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/coraline-ehmke-people/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why a lack of diversity limits creativity and problem solving.
  • What a Code of Conduct can help you achieve in your organization.
  • The impact your words and behaviors have on those around you, regardless of your intention.
  • How to approach and communicate with someone who is violating the code of conduct.
  • Technical terminology that needs to be refactored by everyone.
  • The root cause behind most software problems.
  • The anti-harassment and community support tools GitHub is building to foster excellent conduct.
  • The emotion we all need to show at work to make life and work better for everyone involved.
Nov 3, 2016

Ron Atzmon is Managing Director of AU10TIX Limited, pioneers of multi-channel ID Authentication and record generation. Mr. Atzmon has led the company to the position of technology leader and provider of choice of the world’s major players. Under Mr. Atzmon’s leadership AU10TIX introduced the concept of “Secure Customer Onboarding”, redefining fraud prevention best practices but also influencing customer acquisition success rates across financial services markets.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/ron-atzmon-technology/

What You'll Learn in This Episode

  • The importance of knowing your customer (KYC) in various markets.
  • The history of ID Authentication and the challenges have already been solved.
  • How ID validation problems can increase your real estate costs per customer.
  • Why automation is the key to unlocking customer satisfaction.
  • Which companies are having the hardest time adapting to the new mobile-first sharing economies.
Nov 2, 2016

Many people's careers are limited — not due to a lack of talent, smarts or ambition — but by the anxiety of leaving their friends behind or making their friends angry. We discuss why it happens to technical professionals and what you can do about it.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/losing-friends-promotion-anxiety/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why we worry about what others think about us and our career.
  • What anxiety feels like in personal growth situations.
  • Why we are terrified of success.
  • What to do about friends who are not on the same path.
  • How to manage your friends when you become their boss.
Nov 1, 2016

Peter Malick is a lifelong musician who has worked as a producer, recording engineer, songwriter, and guitarist. His credits range from Norah Jones, to KPOP superstar Jung Yong Hwa, to blues legend John Lee Hooker.  In 2013 he accepted a position with Pro Audio retailer Westlake Pro to help expand their online presence. At the end of 2014 he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer of the company. Peter's diverse background includes a stint as a Casino Manager in Las Vegas, as well as 20 years of DIY marketing experience as a solo artist and music producer.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/peter-malick-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • How we can get overwhelmed by over committing our time and effort and what that does to our health and productivity.
  • A meditation practice that is free to everyone and how it helps you de-stress.
  • Why Peter tricked his boss into hiring workers in India.
  • How to detach yourself from the responsibility of a task so that others can build their experience.
  • Why you should always start with a Minimum Viable Proposition (MVP).
  • Where to look for workers to outsource a task.
  • How to find the best freelancers without being overwhelmed by reviewing applicants.
  • How to cut 40% of your tasks and get more done.
Oct 31, 2016

Michal Stawicki spends his days in IT and moonlights as a writer, but he hopes one day to turn his writing into a full-time passion. He calls himself a progress fanatic.

Michal writes about how to 'expand beyond your limits' so you can regain control over your life (based on his personal experience). His mission is to help people change their lives… even if they don’t believe they can.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/michal-stawicki-motivation/

What You'll Learn From This Episode

  • What options you have when your "safe" career suddenly ends.
  • How long it takes to become successful.
  • The amount of time it really takes to write a book.
  • The importance of a support group and accountability partners and where to look for them.
  • What to do when the motivation ends.
Oct 30, 2016

This is Part 7 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why money is not a long-term motivator for many people.
  • What happens to us emotionally when the lust / newlywed phase is over in your business.
  • How the customers you serve will determine whether this is a job or a calling.
  • How to identify your "soulmate business."
  • When is the right time to make a pivot in your business and why I'm excited about the pivot I'm making.

 

Next Steps

The next step you need to take is to complete the homework assignment for Module 7 in the follow-along email course.

Click here to request access to the course materials and homework.

 

Anxiety?

If you struggle with anxiety in your career, your business or in life, I can help. I've learn how to silence the inner voice that tells me I'm no good and channel my inner champion.

Click here to learn how to deal with the anxiety that is troubling your career, your business and your personal life.

Oct 29, 2016

This is Part 6 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why advertising is a great way to lose money fast if you are not properly prepared.
  • How to build an army of agents who want to spread your message.
  • Whether a blog or podcast is right for your particular business.
  • How to build and foster a community of followers without building a website.
  • Why in-person networking events are critical to your business.
  • How to be a guest on a successful podcast or blog.

 

Next Steps

The next step you need to take is to complete the homework assignment for Module 6 in the follow-along email course.

Click here to request access to the course materials and homework.

 

Oct 28, 2016

This is Part 5 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why I've always felt "sales" and "salespeople" were sleazy scumbags.
  • The trait you need to have as a marketer to not come across as a sleazy scumbag.
  • How to connect with your potential customers on an emotional level to build raving fans.
  • How to speak the language of your audience using their own words to build trust.
  • Search engine tricks to

 

Next Steps

The next step you need to take is to complete the homework assignment for Module 5 in the follow-along email course.

Click here to request access to the course materials and homework.

Oct 27, 2016

This is Part 4 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why most tech pros are wasting serious time and money on the wrong stacks when launching their business.
  • The stack you need to master in any industry.
  • The most critical piece of the stack that often gets overlooked.
  • The biggest mistake I made when launching Hello Tech Pros and what I'm doing about it now.
  • Why non-technical people often dominate at building business while tech pros struggle to find customers.
  • How to change the relationship with your audience members from "Who are you again?" to "Please take my money!"

 

Resources Mentioned

Oct 26, 2016

This is Part 3 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

 

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • How to make the decision to either bootstrap or find investors.
  • Why you need to build as much value in your company as possible before bringing in an outsider.
  • How to use your customer avatar to identify the most important tasks that need to get accomplished.
  • An easy 5-step process to determine which tasks you do, which you outsource and which you should forget altogether.
  • How to think like a CEO instead of a tech pro.

 

Resources Mentioned

Oct 25, 2016

This is Part 2 of the free 7-day audio and email course Start Your First Business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/business-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why I spent thousands of dollars on domain names over the years and what I should have been doing instead.
  • The Motivation/Productivity Cycle that can make or break your business.
  • The reason why you tend to jump from idea to idea without making progress.
  • The #1 mistake entrepreneurs make when working on a solution.
  • An example of a customer avatar that I am using to change the direction of Hello Tech Pros.
Oct 24, 2016

This is Part 1 of the free 7-part audio and email course Starting Your First Business.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/business-motivation/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why we don't start a business (even when we want to).
  • The excuses we tell ourselves that prevents us from chasing our dreams.
  • How are fear of failure is backwards and why we need to fail faster.
  • The reason why I became more miserable after several promotions and raises.
  • How to get 4 hours of free business training.
Oct 23, 2016

Anthony Delgado is a full stack developer and technology hero at websignia, a digital strategy and innovation agency. websignia has worked with a wide variety of different companies including sports, media, entertainment, healthcare, government agencies and non-profits. Anthony has been an explorer of the digital space for over a decade. From developing front end user interfaces, to creating advanced backend applications, Anthony's passion is using software to help change the way people interact with the world around them.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/anthony-delgado-unplugged/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why Chad is a software guy not a hardware guy.
  • How Anthony hacked the airwaves to broadcast Sega Genesis games over the television broadcast channels.
  • Why you should do extracurriculars in the tech industry.
  • How to get your boss to pay for conferences.
  • What San Francisco is like from an outsider's perspective.
Oct 22, 2016

Jeremy Slate is the founder of the Create Your Own Life Podcast which helps entrepreneurs live the lives they know they were meant to.  He studied literature at Oxford University and specializes in using Online social networking to build offline relationship and was ranked #1 in iTunes New and Noteworthy. It is because of Jeremy’s success in podcasting that he was able to accomplish 10,000 downloads of his podcast in the first month.  After his success in podcasting, Jeremy and his wife, Brielle, founded Slate Media Productions; a done-for-you podcast service and PR firm servicing busy entrepreneurs and helping to get their message out.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jeremy-slate-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why some people are following the dreams of others instead of their own dream.
  • Why Jeremy's second podcast had success from the beginning, unlike his first show.
  • What the average "guru" entrepreneur's success story is going to teach you and why you need to find inspiration from other's struggles.
  • Why you need to find the right course or mentor before you start your business.
  • How much promotion is required to be successful.
  • Why you need to write all your methods down and put on your executive hat.
Oct 21, 2016

Clarence Washington is a manager of infrastructure architecture and engineering and has a strong belief in finding a way to give back to the community and blessing others with the things that you have yourself been blessed with. Clarence works with inner-city youth and uses sports (football) to reach children that we otherwise would not be able to reach. Although they have been a perennially successful and winning program, winning is not emphasized as the most important outcome. They believe in success. Wins and losses are short term outcomes, and even in an individual defeat successes can be found. Success on the field and in life comes with hard work, discipline, and perseverance. With those things there is no need to focus on the score, or even wins and losses on the field or in life because success is a byproduct of those things. Clarence and his team of coaches and mentors teach and live by that ethic.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/clarence-washington-people/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • The first thing Clarence teaches to young men and why it is critical to their development.
  • Why athletics is a great way to educate youth in many areas of life.
  • How the impact we make on 10-year-olds will change the future 25 years from now.
  • How Clarence balances the relationships between his family and his team.
  • Who's life you can change if you get involved today.
  • The differences between winning the big game and driving home with a loss.
Oct 20, 2016

Travis Tidwell has been developing advanced enterprise software solutions for over 15 years ranging from Embedded GPS navigation products to Open Source web solutions. In 2008, he developed and founded the popular Open Source multimedia solution MediaFront (http://mediafront.org), but has since then created Form.io, a groundbreaking technology that provides a Form and Data Management system for Serverless Applications. Travis now serves as the CTO.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/travis-tidwell-technology/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • The evolution of early web to content management systems to web 2.0 apps to serverless apps.
  • The change that has affected the development community because of mobile-first design.
  • What serverless forms are and how they work.
  • How to simplify the connections between your forms and APIs.
  • A slick way to generate the API and bind to the data by designing the form UI.
  • Where to find the code repos to deploy a serverless form in minutes.
Oct 19, 2016
Corey Grusden has been programming computers for 25 years, and has built software for government, education, and numerous companies. A few years ago he decided to cofound a software development consultancy to build web and mobile apps. They have been profitable since day 1. Corey's entire team works remotely, and through a dedicated process, build applications and platforms as efficiently as possible.
 
Corey started programming at eight years old. He's been working on growing a software agency that builds web and iphone applications. He also recently moved to Philadelphia!

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/corey-grusden-leadership/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • Why leaders need to stop thinking about competing with the other division leads and start collaborating across silos.
  • What happens to the company culture when you don't listen to your employees.
  • How a team lead should respond when presented a crazy idea that you don't believe will work.
  • How to make calculated risks on innovation.
  • The emotion that destroys people's ability to lead.
  • What you can do today to improve morale in your team.
Oct 18, 2016

Jaime is an avid hockey fan. He loves the competitive spirit and the team aspect of the game. He enjoys the sport so much that he decided to integrate his passion for the sport into his passion for marketing. Jaime has been working in the sales and marketing arena since he left the US Army as a paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne Division in 1994.

Working for three different Fortune 100 companies, Jaime learned quickly how to build relationships. The challenging aspect of working for a large company was having the ability to be creative. This is the main reason he went out on his own and started his own business. His first business was as a partner in a small California-based real estate advertising agency and publishing company. After the housing bubble burst in 2008, Jaime had to start over.

As time progressed, Jaime found that he really enjoyed making websites for people and so he started Slapshot Studio in 2013 and never looked back. Jaime enjoys traveling, boating, playing guitar, hanging out with family, and playing hockey.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/jaime-jay-productivity/

What You Will Learn In This Episode

  • What can happen to your productivity if you don't have a clear vision, mission and core values documented.
  • How to focus on the right things instead of everything.
  • The first steps in creating a customer avatar.
  • Specific books, tools and software Jaime recommends to business owners.
  • The most productive thing successful people consistently do.
  • Four common problems with which business owners struggle.
  • How to niche down to increase results.
Oct 17, 2016

Wes Pinkston is an entrepreneur focusing on building and executing digital strategies. He is a leading Social Media and Digital Marketing consultant for real estate agents and brokers. He was recently named a Swanepoel Top 20 Social Media Influencer in Real Estate and is an Inman News Contributor and Ambassador.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/wes-pinkston-motivation/

You Will Learn

  • How our compulsive Do, Do, Do culture affects us.
  • Why very successful people sometimes feel unsatisfied and void.
  • Where to find the answers to your internal questions.
  • How to achieve amazing results by having conversations with people.
  • What our "monkey mind" is and how to put it in check.
  • You mind is complex and your emotions are deep. So are your colleagues.
  • How to create meaningful relationships through social media.
Oct 16, 2016

Kris Reid Computer geek and SEO super star based in the Philippines and Cambodia.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kris-reid-unplugged/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • Why you should take extended time off for travel and where you should go.
  • What happens to your mind and body when you make too many decisions.
  • What the heck Ashtanga yoga is and how it can benefit you.
  • How to live like a local, no matter where you go.
Oct 15, 2016

Kwame Christian is a lawyer that focuses on serving the needs of small businesses. He founded the American Negotiation Institute, a consulting firm that specializes in teaching entrepreneurs and professionals how to negotiate in the business world and is regularly invited to speak on the topic. In this role he helps individuals and companies create and implement powerful negotiation strategies. Kwame also hosts a podcast called Negotiation for Entrepreneurs where he interviews successful entrepreneurs and shares powerful persuasion techniques.

Show notes at http://hellotechpros.com/kwame-christian-entrepreneurship/

What You Will Learn in This Episode

  • What types of things are negotiable.
  • How to ask for more.
  • How to negotiate without offending people.
  • Why you should focus on the other person in the negotiation instead of yourself.
  • The circumstances that increase and decrease your room for negotiation.
  • How to spot negotiation tactics when they are being use on you and what to do to counter them.
  • How to negotiate at the car dealership, over the phone with the cable company, even at Wal-Mart.
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